The Starling Team


Macon Phillips, Principal

Macon Phillips combines creativity with hard-earned experience and relationships to develop digital strategies that deliver results through advocacy, civic engagement, international development and other emergent opportunities.

President Barack Obama appointed Macon to lead his White House’s digital strategy after he played a central role in the 2008 presidential campaign’s pioneering use of new media and technology to mobilize supporters. Phillips’ team spent five years providing the strategic and technological capacity for the President to engage emerging communities of influence, communicate complex ideas, and promote a culture of digital innovation throughout the federal government.

Phillips joined Secretary of State John Kerry at the U.S. State Department for the last three years of Obama’s Administration, developing public engagement strategies to support foreign policy priorities in over forty countries. In this role, Phillips created a new model of public diplomacy by uniting communities of emerging influence with initiatives like the YALI Network, which connects 500,000 young leaders across Africa.

In two years as CARE USA’s Chief Digital Officer, Macon supported digital impact innovations such as digitizing health systems in India and building apps to digitize micro-lending in Tanzania. Phillips created a foundation of digital infrastructure across more than 30 countries, including sector-leading cybersecurity capacity. He also supported new models of supporter participation, including the successful implementation of an enterprise CRM.

Macon grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, graduated from Duke University and now lives with his wife and three children in East Warren, Vermont.


Natalie Dawe, Managing Director

Natalie Dawe is a convener, having spent much of her career bringing together people across different sectors, organizations, and backgrounds to collaborate and tackle issues of social justice.

Most recently, Natalie led the global health portfolio for IBM Corporate Social Responsibility. She created a new model of social impact, and managed the development of digital apps and programs to address cancer disparities in Sub-Saharan Africa. In her time at IBM, she also brokered the formation of Allied Against Cancer, an alliance of the American Cancer Society, Clinton Health Access Initiative, National Comprehensive Cancer Network, IBM, and the African Cancer Coalition, which has empowered cancer leaders across 13 African countries to improve cancer care delivery.c

Natalie also built a portfolio of partnerships for IBM with Duke Health, Taiwan Centers for Disease Control, University of Utah, CARE USA, Partners in Health, and Gorgas Memorial Institute (Panama) to incubate ideas on how human-centered design, technology, and data could transform public health issues.

Prior to IBM, Natalie worked as a health care consultant and researcher with The Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC. Natalie holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University, where she studied the history and ethics of public health, and a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University. She is a proud AmeriCorps*VISTA alumna. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.


Juan Hindo, Strategist

Juan is a purpose-driven leader with extensive experience steering global social impact initiatives. She thrives on fostering strategic partnerships, building relationships across diverse stakeholders and empowering multidisciplinary teams towards positive change.

During her 10+ years at IBM Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Juan built the strategy, led the implementation, and oversaw the rollout of several key initiatives. During that time, she led an award-winning citizen science grant program which engaged a global community of volunteers to support research on cancer, COVID-19, renewable energy, water quality, and more. She also drove the design, implementation and launch of IBM CSR’s first-ever comprehensive digital platform, leveraging design thinking and agile methods for a streamlined user experience for internal and external stakeholders.

Prior to her CSR career, Juan worked as a management consultant across several industries including finance, retail and telecommunications. Her client facing roles included business analysis and technical design and development.

Juan has lived, studied and worked in the Middle East, Europe and the US.